The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Forestry is accepting applications for a Forest Invasive Pest Coordinator to lead evaluation and policy development regarding invasive forest pests and other forest health issues, grant management, and program research coordination.

This position has statewide responsibilities and could be headquartered at a Forestry Ranger Station or DNR office within the state determined to be best suited for the bureau’s needs, applicant preference, and space availability.

Remote work will be available, up to the majority of the work week, after the initial onboarding period. The exact amount is based on program need. Frequent travel throughout the state and semi-annual national travel will be required.

The DNR is a great place to work! We are a workplace focused on diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Current employees value work-hour flexibility, casual office atmosphere, healthy work-life balance, and working for an organization that provides training and growth opportunities.

The DNR excels at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry. We are dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. The staff works in partnership with individuals and organizations to manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air, and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

Position Summary

The Invasive Forest Pest Coordinator provides principal staff expertise and critical analytical review to the forest health program by researching, developing and implementing statewide operational policy and regulations, and analyzing and evaluating the measures and implementation strategies, policies and tactics for the Forest Health program for the Division of Forestry. The Invasive Forest Pest Coordinator is a key internal and external consultant for staff, leadership, inter-divisional teams, and inter-agency teams at the statewide, regional and national levels. Projects this position will focus on include inter-divisional review of the Invasive Species Rule – NR40 and statewide preparedness for the hemlock woolly adelgid. The customer base for this position includes Division Forest Health staff, three Division Bureaus and three Districts, as well as colleagues throughout the Department and key partner groups, including corresponding programs at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, US Forest Service, tribal governments, Wisconsin communities, non-profit organizations, foundations, and professional organizations related to or allied with forest health issues.

Please review the Position Description for more details on this position.

Salary Information

Starting pay for this position is between $33.00 to $36.00 per hour ($68,640.00 to $74,880.00 annually).

This position is not represented by a collective bargaining unit. Pay on appointment will follow the provisions of the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan.

This position is within the Plant Pest and Disease Specialist – Advanced classification within Pay Schedule/Range 15/03.

The State of Wisconsin offers an exemplary benefits package with:

  • Generous paid time off, including at least 3 1/2 weeks of vacation/personal time, nine paid holidays, and ample sick time that rolls over each year with no cap.
  • Excellent and affordable health insurance options (starting at $34/month for single and $83/month for family coverage).
  • Other great insurance options (dental, vision, life, and more).
  • A top-notch retirement program and optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan.
  • A Well Wisconsin program, offering wellness tools and rewards to employees and spouses.
  • A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their household members tools, resources, and professional consultation services.
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Job Details

Background Checks: The Department of Natural Resources conducts criminal background checks on final applicants prior to job offer. Please note that a criminal charge or conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from state employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

I9 Requirement: The Department of Natural Resources does not sponsor work visas at the time of hire or anytime during employment. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required Employment Eligibility Form I-9 upon hire.

Probationary Period: A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Telework: Based on an assessment of the goals and work activities, this position may be eligible for telework. Telework approval is based on individual circumstances and is subject to supervisor approval and DNR telework policies. Approval is subject to change without notice based on business needs.

Travel: Occasional state and national travel for training/meetings/conferences should be expected.


Please make sure to address and describe ALL of the following qualifications in relation to your experience (by providing a detailed example) within your resume and/or letter of qualifications to be considered for this position:

Required qualifications include ALL the following criteria:

Education or work experience related to management and control of invasive pests (any type) which must include technical field work; within either a professional or collegiate environment.

Experience implementing environmental policies or regulations

Preferred qualifications include:

Experience coordinating environmental policy implementation with other state agencies, local municipalities, federal agencies, or non-profit partners

Experience developing or revising environmental policies or regulations

Experience writing grant proposals or grant reports

Experience within a strategic planning role or project management role

Work experience related to forest management, including addressing forest invasive pest issues

How To Apply

The steps to apply online are quick and easy! Your application materials, including your resume and letter of qualifications, are used during our evaluation process to determine your eligibility for further consideration. It is critically important that your application materials clearly describe your experience related to the stated job qualifications. Please review our helpful tips for developing your resume and letter of qualifications and what should be included. Be advised that there will be no opportunity to change your application materials once you have clicked “Submit.”

The State of Wisconsin is committed to fostering a fair, equitable, and consistent selection process that is based on merit and utilizes sound competitive selection procedures.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer or voluntary demotion) should complete the application process as described above by the stated deadline.

The State of Wisconsin is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to applicants of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

The State of Wisconsin offers a special program for qualified veterans with a 30% or greater service-connected disability. Qualified veterans with a 30% or greater service-connected disability should send their cover letter, resume, DD-214, and documentation of their service connected disability rating (dated within 12-months) to Andrew Wenninger at andrewj.wenninger@wisconsin.gov. Current State employees are not eligible for non-competitive appointment.

Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of job experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Questions related to the job and how to apply can be directed to Andrew Wenninger at andrewj.wenninger@wisconsin.gov or 608/419-6009. For general wisc.jobs user information and technical assistance, please see the Wisc.Jobs Frequently Asked Questions page.

Deadline to Apply

All applications must be received by 11:59 pm central on Monday, July 15, 2024.